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The EPA, Mercury, and Air Toxics, Oh My!

, executive director

The government may be in the midst of a nonsensical shutdown, but that didn’t stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week from proposing a new formula of calculating the human health benefits of reducing mercury emissions from power plants (or in their words proposing a “revised Supplemental Cost Finding”). Read more >

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Year in Review: 9 Clean Energy Transition Stories from 2018

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Despite the Trump Administration’s ongoing attempts to prop up coal and undermine renewables—at FERC, EPA, and through tariffs and the budget process—2018 should instead be remembered for the surge in momentum toward a clean energy economy. Here are nine storylines that caught my attention this past year and help illustrate the unstoppable advancement of renewable energy and other modern grid technologies. Read more >

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Dear New Midwest Governors: The Green New Deal and You

, lead Midwest energy analyst

Getting traction on Green New Deal policies at the federal level won’t be easy—but new governors in the Midwest can make progress on climate and economic priorities right away. Here’s how.

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Birds, Bats, and Wind Power: An Interview with Abby Arnold of the American Wind Wildlife Institute

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

When you think about wind power, what comes to mind? Electricity generated without fuel, water, air or water pollution, or planet-warming carbon dioxide? Or a threat to local wildlife? How do we address that second piece so we can focus on the first? I had a chance to talk about wind-wildlife history, players, issues, and solutions with AWWI’s executive director, Abby Arnold. Read more >

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Seasonal Shutdowns: How Coal Plants That Operate Less Can Save Customers Money

, Senior Energy Analyst

There is a growing trend amongst coal plant operators: save customers money by switching to seasonal operation and operating less. Operators can secure those savings for customers because other resources (like wind, solar and other resources) are often available at lower cost. Reduced operations also translate to reduced emissions.

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